Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my review as part of the publication day celebrations for Trust by Lisa Sell. Happy publication day Lisa 🥳
Trust by Lisa Sell
Release Date: 4th of March
Format: Kindle Format
Genre: Crime Mystery
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
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Everyone makes mistakes. Not everyone deserves a second chance.
Sarah Jessop has a troubled past. Born to drug addict parents, she was fostered and then adopted as a child.
Now an adult, and a doctor, Sarah finds herself looking into the murder of her foster sister, Tamsin, a little girl who disappeared in 1992, and whose body has recently been discovered.
As Sarah gets closer to the truth, the killer will stop at nothing to protect themself and dispose of anyone who gets in their way.
Caught in the killer’s web of deceit, who can Sarah trust?
Having really enjoyed Lisa’s debut novel Hidden, which was released in 2019, I had been eagerly awaiting her followup. When I received an email from the publisher, offering me an advanced copy of her new novel, Trust for me to review, I jumped at the chance. When I was finished reading the book, there were two questions that I asked myself which were, was it worth the wait? and would I recommend this book to other readers? Read on to find out…
Lisa has created a haunting tale where one’s families old wounds are reopened when the body of their daughter/sister (Tamsin, who was only six years old at the time.) is found years after her disappearance. Having gone through the years hoping that she would return back to them alive and well, their worlds are once again shattered when the cause of death is revealed as murder. The rest of the story follows Sarah, Tamsin’s foster sister, as she becomes caught up in the investigation. What she doesn’t know is that the killer is close by and they will do anything to make sure that the truth is never uncovered no matter what!
There are a few characters in the story to get your head around, but each is significant. Lisa does a great job in making it clear who each one is by keeping them all involved throughout. There was never a time when I was reading the story that I had to go back and remind myself who each one was. This is always one of my concerns when reading a book with so many characters, but Lisa instantly set my mind at ease by having each chapter as the characters name as to who’s the point of view you were going to be reading from.
Unless part of a series, I really don’t like to compare an author’s previous novel to the latest one. The exception to my rule though is when the previous novel is a debut. I like to look back and take note of how I viewed the author as a first-time writer, to how I view them now as a second-time writer. In Lisa’s case, my first impression was she did a great job at captivating the reader, which is so important. I am pleased to say that for her sophomore novel, this hasn’t changed.
What I did find that has changed this time round from Hidden, was that Lisa showed more confidence, which just shines so brightly through her writing. She doesn’t play it safe this time and takes the story and runs with full steam ahead, there is no stopping her once she starts. This is evident right from chapter one. Just a side note, if you are a reader that checks how many chapters there are in a book and if this forms part of your decision to read it, don’t be put off by the 164 chapters that are in this story. Lisa moves through them at lightning speed and each one is short, snappy and leaves you wanting more.
What I also really enjoyed about Trust is how there is no time for you to be complacent. When you think you have it figured out, you really have no idea at all. On many occasions, Lisa does let you think you’ve got it, only to pull out the rug from under you as she steps it up another notch and leads you into another direction. Each time this happened and a new twist was thrown in, I could almost imagine Lisa on the sidelines chanting in an annoying voice of a child saying na na na na na! In the end, I had to admit defeat and just let Lisa take control, which she does in spectacular fashion with a twist to end all twists that I did not see coming!
So, to loop back to my two questions, was it worth the wait? and would I recommend this book to other readers? I have this answer to both…Hell yes!! Trust is a breathtaking piece of work that will get under your skin and stay with you long after you read the final page. It was an absolute pleasure to read and review Trust which I highly recommend and is a strong contender to be part of my top books for 2020.
Thank-you to Heather Fitt from Bloodhound Books for inviting me to be part of the publication day celebrations and for providing me with a free copy of the Trust ebook which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
- This review will be added to Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Mix, Amazon Australia, Amazon US, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones. As I am from Australia, unfortunately, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know Lisa
Lisa Sell is a thriller, crime, and mystery writer who also scribbles short stories and writes non-fiction. Throughout her writing career she’s blogged about the twists and turns on her site: www.lisasell.co.uk
When she’s reading, Lisa practically hoovers up books. The to-be-read pile has become a tower, threatening to topple on her when she’s sleeping.
Music rocks Lisa’s world too, particularly a good eighties tune. If lost, you’ll find Lisa in a DeLorean, headed for her favourite decade.
Lisa’s cats try to help her write but often fail. The furry pests demand attention and desk space. Lisa is currently applying for cat wrangling to be recognised as an Olympic sport.
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